UCL Ear Institute


Alyona Keder

Alyona Keder is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the UCL Ear Institute Fly Lab.

I obtained my PhD in the lab of Ana Carmena at the Instituto de Neurociencias in Alicante (Spain), where I studied the asymmetric cell divisions of embryonic neural precursor cells called neuroblasts. There I learned the bases of genetics and cell and molecular biology using as a model the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster. After finishing my PhD I moved to Paris, to the lab of Francois Schweisguth at the Institute Pasteur (Paris, France), where I continued working with Drosophila, studying the cell polarity of sensory organ precursors in the pupae.

Recently, I have started my postdoc in the lab of Joerg Albert at the UCL Ear Institute, where my main research interest is to characterize the genetic regulatory network that maintains the homeostasis in the fly’s ageing ear. To identify and characterize the genetic homeostasis program I use different techniques combining bioinformatics, cell and molecular biology together with biomechanics and electrophysiology.

Besides science I am passionate about art, photography and guitar music.